It's important to make sure your space is illuminated what way fits you best all day long. So, even if you have lots of natural daylight think carefully so you can stay bright into the night.
Here are three ways to light up your space at home, or in a rental or even your work space. Our shop opened in 1968, originally as Colonial House of Flowers and Interiors. The last part of the name was dropped in the nineties but the passion still remains. We love lights and naturally inspired interiors! Make sure to shop our lighting collection to put these ideas into action.
1. Overhead Pendant Lighting
Hanging pendent lights offer lots of life and are stylish. To help find the rightsize, consider the location and purpose of the fixture. They range in size from about 5 to 40 inches wide and most come with an extension rod or chain to make the height adjustable. Make sure it doesn't hang so low that it touches anyone's head or obstructs their visual line.
Tip: My husband, Brian who is an electrician says to put it on a dimmer.
2. Task Lighting
Task lighting is lighting that illuminates a particular area in a way that makes task completion easier. Task lighting conveniently accomplishes things like reading, or giving a mood for a purpose. An example is lighting around your sofa to help read. Task lighting especially when clustered in varying ways gives a warm and cozy feel to a home.
Tip: Combine table and floor lamps for personality and interest.
3. Accent Lighting
Accent lighting can be used to enhance architectural details, artwork, or a favorite piece of furniture. In Ambient, Task and Accent Lighting 101, Vibia.com says accent lighting is "Intended to highlight a specific object or area, accent lights are typically three times as bright as ambient lights. Accent lighting draws attention to a feature, such as artwork, furnishings or architectural details, converting them into focal points. Adjustable fittings are preferred for this type of lighting, as they allow precision focusing on small areas or objects."
Examples of accent lights:
• Wall lights
• Recessed spot lighting
• Track lighting
• Wall-mounted picture lights
Tip: Use accent lighting to spotlight something special that will spark a feeling or memory when it is highlighted.
Go ahead. Get playful with your design plan when bringing in lights. You can add all kinds of thinks like track lighting or art lights on a wall or over the fireplace. I do recommend trying to select pieces that complement one another to give a cohesive feel and become part of the overall design plan rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. Be sure your lights have function and style.
I don't know a lot about lighting but this is what I do know. I love ambiance. I love natural spaces that feel warm and cozy. I hope this helps.
xoxo - christy